BitTrunks to sell world’s first NFT painted by elephants

BitTrunks Elephant NFT

As if the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) couldn’t get any more bizarre, you will soon be able to purchase digital paintings made by elephants.

BitTrunks, the newly formed NFT-branch of Elephant Art Online, will be debuting for auction the world’s first NFT painted by an elephant on OpenSea on 28 October.

The NFT, called the “Tree of Life”, was painted by a seven-year-old elephant named Tunwa at the Maetaeng Elephant Park and Clinic in Chiang Mai,...

Epic Games is “open” to blockchain games according to CEO

Epic Games' Fortnite

Video game publisher Epic Games has said it is “open” to games that feature blockchain technology or support cryptocurrency payments.

The company’s position follows Steam, its main competitor, announcing it would not be allowing games that use cryptocurrency or NFTs on its platform.

Whilst Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney has said the company will not be supporting or publishing NFT-based games, it has differentiated itself from Steam in showing support for...

NFT sales at nearly £8bn in Q3 2021, up eightfold from Q2

Growth Visualisation

Global NFT sales reached £7.9 billion in the third quarter of 2021, an eightfold increase over the previous quarter.

This is according to data in the latest report from market tracker DappRadar, which highlights the accelerating frenzy for crypto-based assets.

In comparison, DappRadar recorded £885 million in NFT sales in Q1 and £958 million in Q2.

On OpenSea, the biggest NFT marketplace to date, £2.5 billion in sales were recorded in August alone –...

Ojamu raises £1.25m for its blockchain-based marketing platform

Marketing Strategy

Ojamu, a marketing technology (MarTech) platform, has raised £1.25 million in an oversubscribed private sale.

The company leverages blockchain, AI, and NFTs to create automated digital marketing campaigns for brands.

The platform itself is designed to be interoperable across leading blockchain networks such as Ethereum, Solana, and Avalanche.

Among the many venture firms involved in the sale were Ascensive Assets, Master Ventures, Moonrock Capital, Morningstar...

The Sims creator’s new game to harness blockchain and NFTs

Video Gaming

Video game designer Will Wright, creator of The Sims and Spore, is working on a new game that will incorporate AI, blockchain, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The new game, Proxi, is aimed at self-discovery. It will allow users to create and visualise memories within snow globes which collectively form a conceptual map of the player’s mind.

Wright said he believes that people are their memories and that tackling that in a game is a somewhat frightening...

Cardano Summit 2021 sees DeFi, NFT and climate partnerships

A protester holding a sign that reads 'Earth is more valuable than money'.

The Cardano Summit 2021 on September 26 has led to a number of strategic partnerships designed to drive adoption of the Cardano blockchain being announced.

Held by the non-profit custodian of the blockchain, the Cardano Foundation, the Summit was co-located across a mixture of virtual and physical events in New York, Miami, Wyoming, London, Berlin and Cape Town.

At the event, Frederik Gregaard, CEO of the Cardano Foundation, said: "At Cardano, our goal is to provide...

Rammstein fans can buy €100,000 of NFTs and have dinner with the band’s singer

Rammstein's lead singer during a live performance.

Till Lindemann, the lead singer of German Neue Deutsche Härte band, Rammstein, is giving fans VIP access to himself via NFTs. 

Fans will now have the chance to dine with him in Moscow as part of a €100,000 (£84,705) NFT package. He is also offering digital artwork via NFTs.

Animated clip

Items available inlcude a short animated clip featuring the singer at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as well as an unreleased one-shot music...

OpenSea overtakes Uniswap in Ethereum usage

NFT marketplace OpenSea is currently outshining Ethereum’s largest decentralised exchange, Uniswap, in terms of transaction fees.

Since 2020, Uniswap has typically commanded the most in daily transaction fees, a key barometer for actual usage of the world’s second-largest blockchain.

However, the emergence of NFTs earlier in 2021 began to threaten Uniswap’s top spot, with the marketplace platform now firmly ahead in Ethereum usage.

As of August 10,...

Marvel set to offer digital collectibles experience for superhero fans

A collection of Marvel comics.

Marvel has partnered with the VeVe Digital Collectibles app platform to let its fans buy official Marvel NFT digital collectibles and comic books.

Available on iOS and Android, the VeVe Digital Collectibles App brings fandom directly to fans wherever they are by offering a rich collecting experience. Through the VeVe Digital Collectibles App, fans can buy and collect a variety of Marvel NFTs; trade and hunt for rare NFT comic books and collectibles; and display their collection...

Weekly NFT roundup May 19-25: OneOf, Propy and Charlie Bit My Finger

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Investors plough $63 million into music NFT platform OneOf

Non-fungible token (NFT) platform OneOf has raised $63 million in a seed round from prominent tech and music industry veterans.

The platform was co-founded by tech entrepreneur Lin Dai, digital media executive Joshua James, and music industry veteran Adam Fell, in partnership with Quincy Jones and Quincy Jones Productions.

OneOf says it aims to break down economic barriers to entry in the NFT...